Laura Allen’s Upcoming Classes

September 23-25, 2016 Laura is hosting Christine Courtney in Rutherfordton NC for a 3-day class in Oncology Massage, and it includes 3 hours of The Ethics of Working with People with Cancer free of charge taught by Laura Allen for a total of 24 hours.

  • Course dates: (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) 23rd, 24th, 25th September 2016
    Course times: 9.30am to 5.30pm
    Course fee: $375.00
    21 CE hours + 3 hours ethics free of charge Taught by Laura Allen. If you already have your Ethics credit you are not obligated to attend this portion of the class, which will be Sept 25 from 2:30-5:30, but it is included in the cost. As this class occurs after August 1, you may hold over the credit from this class until the next license renewal period.

    You will learn

    • What is cancer.
    • Current treatments for cancer and their effects on the body
    • Stages of cancer
    • Massage adaptations

    Correct Positioning – Correct positioning and bolstering is vital to help client release tension from held muscles which brings relaxation into the body.  Also medical devices need to be accommodated.
    Pressure – Knowing what pressure to use is vital to safe massage.
    Duration – All bodywork following treatment needs to be undemanding on the body. Learning how to give an effective massage in shorter times is important.  As the clients’ energy returns duration can be lengthened.
    Lymphatic drainage massage and lymphedema: A thorough knowledge of how the lymphatic system works and how to adapt massage when working with clients who have lymph nodes removed, examined or radiated.  Knowing how chemotherapy affects the lymph vessels is vital to giving a safe and effective massage.
    Skin integrity: There can be lifelong changes to the skin following some cancer treatments and the massage therapist needs to know how to adapt.
    Types of massage and touch therapy:  You will learn how to work with clients in various settings such as hospital, day care, home and in your clinic.
    Contraindications:  There are some (but few) conditions that contraindicate massage and you learn clear and definite direction regarding when it is contraindicated to massage.
    Cautions and adaptations:  There are lots of situations where you need to be cautious and this course will give you the knowledge and confidence to know the difference between caution, adaptation and contraindication.
    Intake forms:  We will discuss what questions you need to ask any client who is currently receiving treatment to ensure the best possible outcome from the massage.
    You will also receive suggested questions to ask on your standard intake form for clients who are cancer free for a number of years but may still need some adaptation to ensure you always have as much information as you need to give the best treatment.
    Follow-up:  Therapists will learn the importance of following up on how the client felt following the massage.  This helps you adapt the next massage to increase the benefits and eliminate any side effects.
    Emotional aspects of touch:  Students often receive new understanding of what family and friends experienced while being treated for cancer.  They also realize (or re-remember) just how powerful touch can be and this can have a profound effect on them during the course and afterwards.

    Practical sessions – Variations of and adaptations to many massage techniques

    • Holistic massage
    • Effleurage massage
    • Lymphatic drainage massage
    • Indian Head Massage
    • Foot-Reflex Massage
    • Acupressure massage arm and hand massage

    Looking after yourself:  It is important that the therapist knows how to take care of themselves when working with clients who may have a difficult history of illness. We will focus on methods to help you stay centred during your work, let go when finished and how to do productive reflective practice.

    Back up from OBUS School of Healing Therapies: Following the course you will be invited to join a closed group on Facebook.  This is to give you a forum to discuss cases (without names), ask questions and build confidence.  It will only be open to people who have attended training in OBUS which gives you the freedom to ask whatever you like.

    This class Includes The Ethics of Working with People with Cancer taught by Laura Allen.

    Even though abiding by the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice applies to every client, it becomes even more relevant when working with people who have cancer, or who are in a fragile and compromised state of health due to any reason.  Just as fragile populations have special considerations for receiving massage during illness and its aftermath, there are special considerations for ethical behavior when working with them.

    This class is a review of the Code of Ethics is from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork with the focus on working with seriously ill people. Don’t let the fact that you may not be associated with the organization keep you from adhering to this code, which is the most thoroughly detailed Code in the massage profession.

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    October 1-3, 2016 Laura is hosting Christine Courtney in Rutherfordton NC for a 3-day class in Lymphatic Drainage Massage. Includes a FREE Ethics Class taught by Laura Allen for a total of 21 CE hHours.

    Course dates: (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) 1st, 2nd, 3rd, October 2016
    Course times: 9.30am to 5.30
    Course fees: $375.00
    21 CE hours + 3 hours ethics training free of charge.

  • 21 CE hours + 3 hours ethics free of charge Taught by Laura Allen. If you already have your Ethics credit you are not obligated to attend this portion of the class, which will be Oct 3 from 2:30-5:30, but it is included in the cost. As this class occurs after August 1, you may hold over the credit from this class until the next license renewal period.
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    Course content:
    The anatomy of the lymphatic system
    Location of nodes
    Drainage patterns
    Contraindications
    Indications for lymphatic drainage massage
    Edema
    How to perform lymphatic drainage on yourself

    Upon completion of the course:
    The student will know how to perform a treatment which is specific to an area of the body:

    • The face
    • The upper body
    • The abdomen
    • Lower body

    The student will also know how use lymphatic drainage for:

    • Post trauma or injury – recent and old
    • Pre and Post surgery
    • To aid recovery from colds and flu
    • To use lymphatic drainage to ease painful arthritic joints

Includes The Educated Heart: Roles and Boundaries for Massage Therapists 3 CE Hours

Setting your boundaries with clients in a gentle but firm way is necessary for creating financial stability and safeguarding your own mental health.  Educating clients about our own expectations with compassion, humanity, and even the use of humor is actually showing them a kindness. In this class we’ll condense tricky issues like confidentiality, sexual attraction, dual relationships, fee-setting and other policies into simple, understandable terms. Ethics classes tend to focus on the boundaries of the client, and while we’ll discuss those as well, the focus of this class is on the little-examined issue of maintaining our own boundaries for the highest good of the therapeutic relationship. This class is interactive; feel free to bring your own ethical dilemmas to the table for peer review.

 

 

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